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Unforced Joy

Is joy a choice or an fruit?   Yes. How often have we heard that “joy is a choice”?  Yet how often have we tried to be joyful only to discover it only lasts and long as we are trying hard to make it so.  Trying to “produce” joy through verbal confession can feel manufactured and ...

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God is in Control

I heard it again this week.  And it made me cringe.  If you’ve been a Christian for any amount of time you’ve probably heard it hundreds of times.  I think it’s a Christian cop out. In discussing the state of the economy this week with someone over coffee, we lamented our personal financial situation in ...

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Experiential Discipleship

  I stood ourside in the forest-setting at our ladies rereat last year.  We had just concluded 3 days of women meeting together expressed in laughter, singing, teaching, walking, eating, praying and all that goes into shared community.  It was time to go home and as I stepped outside, the warmth of the sun, the beauty of the blue sky and ...

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Receiving a Life vs. Making a Life

In continuing my thoughts on keeping in step with the Spirit (Gal. 5:25) one of the first things, I believe, we need to get our arms around is that the Holy Spirit is always active in our lives to birth in us the life of Christ we cannot produce ourselves. We cannot by direct effort ...

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A Time for Courage

“As it turns out, Advent is a time for courage. Beyond gentle images of beautiful angels, lowing cattle, and an expectant mother, we are called to be aware of the darkness in us and around us. We are encouraged not to run from these realities by hiding our heads in the sand, but to be ...

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Today..The Big Reveal

Today at Faith, as part of our celebration of Christ’s coming, we are participating in The Big Reveal. It’s a culmination of The Big Give and The Big Go…where we, like Jesus went outside the walls that have separated us from those whom he loves and we gave. We gave of our finances, our time, ...

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Tis the Season to Be Attentive

So much of our spiritual lives is about being attentive to the on-going, creative work of the Spirit in our lives. Ironically, Christmas can be so distracting, so engaging for us as ministers, we are the one who forget to make space for the incarnate God who came to walk among us. We are the ...